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15 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Tempera Paint

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15 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Tempera Paint
15 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Tempera Paint

We often receive many questions about tempera paint, so we've put together answers to the 15 most common ones.


1. What is tempera paint?

Tempera paint is a "temporary paint"— a fast-drying, water-based paint that has been used for centuries. It's known for its vibrant colours and matte finish, making it a favourite for classroom projects and art lessons. It also offers very good and quick clean up. Making it ideal for the classroom.


2. How is tempera paint different from acrylic paint?

Tempera paint is water-based and dries to a matte finish, whereas acrylic paint is more durable, water-resistant, and dries to a glossy or satin finish. Acrylics also tend to be thicker and can be used on a wider variety of surfaces.


3. Can tempera paint be used on fabric?

Tempera paint can be used on fabric, but it’s not permanent and will wash out if the fabric is laundered. It's great for temporary projects or fabric art that won’t be washed. Try our 5 Star Startex Textile Paint - the right paint for the right job.


4. What surfaces are best for tempera paint?

Tempera paint works best on paper, cardboard, poster board, and wood. It’s perfect for art projects, crafts, and classroom activities.


Star Tempera Paint is safe for kids to use
Star Tempera Paint is safe for kids to use

5. Is tempera paint safe for kids?

Yes, Star Tempera paint is non-toxic and safe for kids. It’s a popular choice for classrooms and at-home projects because it’s easy to clean up with just soap and water.


6. How do you mix colours with tempera paint?

Mixing colours with tempera paint is simple. Use a palette or a mixing tray to combine small amounts of paint to create new colours. You can also use a brush, palette knife, or craft stick to mix. See our colour mixing post.


7. How long does tempera paint take to dry?

Tempera paint dries relatively quickly, usually within 5 to 10 minutes for thin layers. Thicker applications might take a bit longer.


8. Can you varnish tempera paintings?

Varnishing tempera paintings is not recommended because tempera is water-based and can be reactivated by the moisture in the varnish. However, you can frame the artwork under glass to protect it.


9. What techniques can you use with tempera paint?

Tempera paint can be used with a variety of techniques, including dry brushing, splattering, and creating textures with sponges. It’s versatile and easy to experiment with different methods. Have look at our Bright Ideas Blog - it's full of great creative projects.


10. How do you store leftover tempera paint?

Store leftover tempera paint in airtight containers to keep it from drying out. Small plastic jars with tight-fitting lids work well. Keep them in a cool, dry place.


11. Can you use tempera paint for outdoor projects?

Tempera paint isn’t suitable for outdoor projects because it’s not weatherproof and will wash away with rain or moisture. It’s best used for indoor art and crafts.



12. How do you clean brushes and tools after using tempera paint?

Cleaning brushes and tools after using tempera paint is easy. Just rinse them in warm water with a bit of soap until the paint is gone.


13. Can tempera paint be used on canvas?

Yes, but it’s not permanent. Tempera paint can be used on canvas, but it’s more commonly used on paper and cardboard. For more durable and permanent canvas paintings, acrylic or oil paints are typically preferred. See our Acrylics:


14. What are some creative projects with tempera paint for classrooms?

Some fun classroom projects include painting posters, creating colourful murals, making papier-mâché sculptures, and decorating cardboard masks. Tempera paint is perfect for hands-on, creative activities. See Here for some fun projects;


15. How do you prevent tempera paint from cracking?

To prevent tempera paint from cracking, apply it in thin, even layers. Avoid applying too thickly or using too much water. If the paint cracks as it dries, you can gently smooth it out with a damp brush.


Bonus Question: Are there any eggs in the Star Tempera Paint formulation?

No, Star Tempera Paint does not contain any eggs. Traditional tempera paint, often called egg tempera, uses egg yolk as a binder, but modern tempera paints like Star Tempera Paint use synthetic or plant-based binders, making them egg-free and suitable for people with egg allergies.


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